BSP president Mayawati on Friday held a media briefing following the Income Tax raids on her brother who was recently appointed the party's vice president where she accused the BJP-led Centre of a witch-hunt. Mayawati recently appointed her brother, Anand Kumar, as national vice president of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
She said that people from the lower castes are targetted when they become wealthy through their own merit and added that she will continue fight for economic democracy as well as political democracy.
"BSP will continue its fight to have political democracy and economic democracy. When BJP leaders become wealthy it is deemed right, but when people from our community do well in their own businesses then it the state machinery is misused to harass them. I condemn this.
"BJP should look at themselves, if they think they are very honest then they should investigate how much wealth they & their family had before coming into politics & how much it is now. So everything becomes clear before the country," she said.
On Thursday, she accused the Centre of "misusing power" by "framing" the opposition parties in false cases after the Income Tax Department attached a 'benami' property of her brother worth Rs 400 crore in Noida.
"The BJP is still misusing the power of the central government to harass its opponents by framing them in false cases as part of a conspiracy. In line with this, now my brothers and sisters are also being harassed, which is highly deplorable. But the BSP will not bend or bow to this," Mayawati said in a tweet. "A similar disgusting deed was done by this party's government in 2003 through the IT Department and the CBI against us, which is well known. After a long struggle, we got justice in the end in the Supreme Court," she added.
The provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, "beneficially owned" by Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata, was issued on July 16 by the Income Tax Department's Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit. The plot, where a five-star hotel and other luxury facilities were planned to be created, is registered at no 2A, Sector 94, Noida, in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Budh Nagar district, part of the National Capital Region.
'Benami' properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.
According to findings of the probe, the tax department detected a "complex web of shareholding" by at least six firms, including dummy companies, who were the 'benamidars' or the entities in whose name the 'benami' property is standing. The companies identified as 'benamidars' in the order are Vision Town Planners Private Limited, BPTP International Trade Center Pvt Ltd, Euro Asia Mercantile Pvt Ltd, Sunny Cast and Forge Pvt Ltd, Karishma industries Pvt Ltd and Ad-Fin Capital Services India Pvt. Ltd.
Kumar and his wife are the sole beneficiaries of the funds of the multi-layered 'benami' transactions that took place through these companies, the department alleged.